Summer isn’t really complete without having big dollops of whipped cream on ultra fresh peaches. There’s a reason that it’s a classic combination. It’s perfect. The creaminess enriches your palate while the sharp tart-sweetness of the fresh peaches cut right through.
As for today’s sandwich, what’s a “sando?”
A sando is the Japanese concept of a basic sandwich on white bread with the crusts cut off. Think of it like a tea sandwich. The differences come in how it’s filled. While researching different sandwiches around the world (and when you’re doing 90+ sandwiches, it’s bordering on obsessive research), I came upon the Japanese sando.
The most famous is katsu sando, which is essentially a breaded pork cutlet between two slices of sandwich bread with a thick, sweet soy-based sauce. That may be coming down the line in my #summerofsandwiches adventure, but the other sando I saw that struck me was a fruit sando. It’s essentially sweet whipped cream and mixed berries between two slices of sandwich bread.
When anything Japanese comes up, I end up asking my brother about it. He lived in Japan for almost two years and knows a lot more about Japan than I do. I asked him about the fruit sando and he said, “Yeah, that’s the fruit and cream sandwich with the crusts cut off and shaped like Hello Kitty.”
While I don’t have a Hello Kitty cookie cutter (I know, a grown man without Hello Kitty merchandise, shocking!! 😉 ), I wanted to add a bit of “kawaii” to my sando. A simple flower shape with vibrant colourful fruit around it would have to be cute enough! (Sorry Hello Kitty fans). Enjoy!!
Peaches and Cream Sando
For the Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup whipping/heavy cream (35% milk fat)
2 Tbsp icing/powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
With a whisk or an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the cream in a medium bowl until very stiff peaks form. Add the icing sugar and whip to combine. Add the vanilla and whip briefly again to incorporate. Set aside.
For the Peaches and Cream Sando:
Prepared Whipped Cream
4 slices whole wheat sandwich bread (traditionally they use white bread, but I just can stomach white bread anymore. Feel free to use white sandwich bread if you like)
1 fresh peach, pit and skin removed, chopped into 1cm (1/2″ chunks)
Berries to garnish
Cut out the sandwich bread with a large cookie cutter just smaller than the crust of the bread. Or just square off the bread by cutting the crusts straight off.
Place two of the cut out slices on the centre of two plates. Dollop half of the whipped cream on each slice. Divide 1/3 of the chopped peaches on the whipped cream of each slice. Decorate around each sandwich with the remaining peaches and berries of choice. Top the sandwich with the other cut out slices of sandwich bread. Serves 2.